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Doug Owen, KY3 News | December 27, 2011
Increased patrolling for drunk drivers is coming to Springfield and surrounding Greene County. Later this week, the Greene County Sheriff's Office and the Springfield Police Department plan to introduce new DWI enforcement units.  The extra help is made possible through funding from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Law officers, along with MoDOT and the local chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, will hold a press briefing on Thursday to detail the plans.    
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by Terra Haff | December 21, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri Highway Patrol is investigating a reported threat to kill Gov. Jay Nixon. A spokesman for the patrol says the threat came from a someone in Springfield.  Investigators say the Springfield Police Department passed on a report about the threat on Tuesday afternoon.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says it remains an ongoing investigation.  Governor Nixon was re-elected to a second-term in office in November.  The...
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by Tim Leimkuhler, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | March 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A business near downtown is under investigation by drug units with the Springfield Police Department.  Officers served search warrants on Thursday. Police believe Gypsies Novelties on St. Louis Street near Fremont Avenue is illegally selling K2 and other synthetic drug products.  Maj. Kirk Manlove said the raid is part of an ongoing investigation of K2 sellers.  He said similar search warrants have been served recently on other businesses. Police say charges are possible as a result of the raid.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and sforhetz@ky3.com | August 24, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Police Department, in conjunction with the Greene County Sheriff's Department, conducted a sobriety checkpoint late Friday night into Saturday morning. It was on Glenstone Avenue near Catalpa Street.  A total of 559 motorists were contacted during the five hours the checkpoint was in operation.  Six drivers were arrested for driving while intoxicated, two were arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and one arrest was for an outstanding warrant.
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edited news release | June 9, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Richard Walker, 56, pleaded guilty on Thursday morning for the stabbing death of Angela Baskin in Springfield on July 29, 1982.  Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, Walker likely will get a 20-year prison sentence for second-degree murder. Walker pleaded guilty before Greene County Circuuit Judge Dan Conklin.  Prosecutors say Walker stabbed Baskin outside the Villa Inn Motel on North Glenstone Avenue.  The case remained an open investigation at the Springfield Police Department for 28 years until last fall.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | July 19, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Police Department said Tuesday afternoon that it's helping the Greene County Sheriff's Department investigate the theft of police equipment, including an AR-15 rifle and a Remington 870 shotgun, possible similar to those in the photographs.  Someone stole the equipment from a Springfield police officer's private vehicle.  The officer thinks the theft was last Saturday or Sunday near the southwest part of the...
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edited news release | September 28, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A man from Springfield received a 17-year prison sentence on Friday for sexually abusing his girlfriend's daughter.   David Besaw Jr., 28, subjected the victim to oral and anal intercourse for several years. Prosecutors say the victim made a delayed disclosure because she had been warned by Besaw not to tell. The victim finally told authorities at her school because the rest of her family was going on a long-term vacation and she was going to be left alone with Besaw for that entire time.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News | September 10, 2011
SPRINGFIELD -- In an effort to curb dangerous driving, the Springfield Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol teamed up on Friday to conduct another "Operation Safe Ride. " Law enforcers targeted traffic violators who pose a threat to motorcyclists. Officers concentrated on hazardous moving violations such as speeding, running red lights, and driving carelessly. Out of the 55 vehicles stopped, 41 citations and 34 warnings were issued. In addition to drivers receiving moving violation tickets, two people were arrested on outstanding misdemeanor warrants, one person was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant, and three people were cited for having open containers of alcohol in a moving vehicle.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | December 29, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Extra officers will be on the roads to find drunk drivers through the New Year's Holiday weekend.  And this year the Greene County Sheriff's Office and Springfield Police Department are getting more help.  A grant through Modot payed for three new S-U-V's, equipped with breathalyzer units.  Authorities say the DWI vehicles will help them get back on patrol faster after they take a drunk driver to jail.  The sheriff says Greene County...
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | August 1, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - A 40-year-old Springfield man is in critical condition at a local hospital after police say he was beaten in north Springfield. According to an incident report on file with the Springfield Police Department, Edward T. Andresen, 36, was arrested on suspicion of assault after witnesses told police he punched and kicked James W. Belvin in the head multiple times early Tuesday morning. Belvin was unconscious when police arrived. An ambulance took him to a local hospital.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | June 14, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Police say someone whom they believe was present during the shooting of a man at a home in Springfield last September is now in custody.  Nixa police arrested Carlos Tureaud on Thursday, according to a Springfield Police Department news release. Tureaud was sought for questioning after Marcus Wells, 24, died of multiple gunshot wounds after an assault at 1230 E. McDaniel St. in early September.  Detectives believe Tureaud was present during the shooting.
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edited news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri | June 13, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A former YMCA camp employee received a 20-year federal prison sentence without chance of parole for sexually exploiting children.    Matthew O'Dell, 29, of Springfield was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Brian Wimes on Wednesday.  O'Dell, who was formerly employed at the YMCA's Camp Wakonda in Lawrence County, will spend the rest of his life on supervised release following incarceration. O'Dell pleaded guilty on May 23, 2012.  He admitted he made a video recording of a 13-year-old boy between Jan. 1, 2005, and May 30, 2006.  The video, which was recorded at O'Dell's home, depicts the boy engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
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Posted by Emily Wood and Chris Brewer and ewood@ky3.com, cbrewer@schurz.com | June 12, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A Kansas City-based development team plans to pour $15.7 million into a project to rehabilitate the Heer's Building in downtown Springfield.  The Heers building dominates the square but for the last 15 years has been in a state of decline. The Springfield City Council is set to consider a term sheet that details plans for the building at its meeting June 17.  Heer's Luxury Living has agreed to buy the building, with plans to turn it into 87 luxury apartments with parking and commercial space on the first floor.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | May 29, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A woman from Florida who followed a new boyfriend to Springfield apparently was murdered three months before her rotting, decomposed body turned up in a trash container behind a home.   How and why Kelly Frech died likely will never be known, because a Marionville police officer shot and killed Adam Bergseth, who detectives and prosecutors have concluded was Frech's murderer.   The murder investigation, though, found Bergseth and...
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by Linda Russell, lrussell@ky3.com and KY3 Reporter | May 22, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Springfield Police are looking for the people responsible in two separate shootings within a week's time, each leaving a young woman injured. Last Wednesday, a 22 year old woman was shot on East Whiteside. Last night, a 21 year old woman was shot on North National. That 21 year old woman was shot in the leg on National near Calhoun around 8:00 PM Tuesday night.   Police say she was in a car traveling on National with one other person last night.
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Staff | May 15, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Investigators with the Springfield Police Department are searching for two men in a shooting on the city's east side Wednesday. A woman was shot in the jaw, but Lt. Scott Umbarger of the Springfield Police Department says he has been told that the wound is not life threatening.  "It entered her jaw and lodged in her ear," Umbarger told reporters at the scene. Neighbors describe hearing multiple shots fired around 5 o'clock. Umbarger says they have conflicting descriptions of the suspects so they are not putting out details of who they are looking for at this time.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | May 15, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City police assigned an investigator to a report that a woman may have been kidnapped and taken to Texas.  The report on Tuesday night was filed by Bryce Gilliland, who thinks his sister, Kendra Gilliland, may be held against her will. A friend of Kendra received a photo on her cell phone and a voicemail message that said she was being held for $5,000 ransom and “may possibly” be in Texas. Kendra Gilliland is 35 years old, and is described as about 5-foot-5 and very thin (maybe 100 - 110 pounds)
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | May 14, 2013
NIXA, Mo.-- Two teenagers from Nixa High school graduated Sunday afternoon, then later that night were jailed for possessing meth at Project Graduation. Project Graduation is intended to keep kids out of trouble. The seniors are 17 and 18 years old.  KY3 News is not releasing their names because they have not been formally charged. Project Graduation is a huge undertaking by parents to offer kids a place to party after graduation and not be faced with peer pressure about alcohol and drugs.
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edited news release from Springfield Police Department | May 14, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Police Department will honor Maj. Bob Brown during a retirement ceremony at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield Road. Brown joined the Springfield Police Department in January 1990 and is retiring after more than 23 years of service. During his career with the Springfield Police Department, he has served in numerous positions within the Uniform Operations Bureau and the Investigations and Support Services Bureau.  As an officer, Brown served in patrol and criminal investigations.
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edited news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri | May 13, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man from Springfield pleaded guilty in federal court on Monday for sexual exploitation of a minor.  Ezra Gramm, 39, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Rush to the charge in an indictment handed up last Oct. 3. By pleading guilty, Gramm admitted he made contact with the 13-year-old victim, identified as Jane Doe, via an Internet chat room in late 2009.  Gramm and the child victim engaged in online chat sessions and exchanged text messages with one another.
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